Mammut, a leading brand for mountaineering equipment and outdoor clothing, joined Fair Wear Foundation in 2008.
Brand Performance Check 2018
Mammut has met most of FWF’s performance requirements. The brand monitored 95% of its suppliers, which meets the required monitoring threshold after three years of FWF membership. With a score of 69 points, Mammut is placed in the ‘Good’ category.
After having been awarded ‘Leader’ status in the last years, Mammut is now placed in the ‘Good’ category. In 2017, Mammut continued its strategy to transfer production from China to Vietnam. The brand made use of 66 production locations, which meant a record number of suppliers for the brand. Mammut has long term relationships with its main suppliers who usually have several production locations in various countries. The shift in production locations by those suppliers meant that Mammut had to build new relationships with those new factories, monitor them and follow up on labour standard violations. Mammut has a strategy in place to reduce the total number of suppliers.
Mammut has particularly good systems in place to monitor suppliers, evaluate their performance and assess country risks. Still, the growth in the number of suppliers poses challenges in monitoring suppliers and actively following up on audit results.
In Myanmar, Mammut actively followed up on a complaint concerning a child worker. The child worker was stopped from working, the family was compensated for the income and education will be arranged until the child turns 16. FWF is monitoring the remediation and has also verified that certificates of fitness were arranged for all the young workers. The child worker expressed satisfaction with this solution. The factory was also provided with a training to set up an age verification system.
In 2017, Mammut also made progress on living wages. The brand conducted a research on price calculations by factories. The research will be published in 2018 with the help of FWF.
Despite the fact that Mammut’s purchasing department has to approve the placement of production at new suppliers by the Japanese subsidiary, there is still a difference between the human rights due diligence performed by Mammut and its subsidiary. FWF recommends Mammut to bring the subsidiary in line with its human rights due diligence, for example by visiting all new suppliers before placing orders. Furthermore, the brand is required to ensure that factories sign the FWF Code of Labour Practices before first orders are placed and evidence of a posted Worker Information Sheet can be provided.
Score: 69, Percentage under monitoring: 95, Category: Good